Nose Work

Kathe Baxter, CNWI, CPDT-KA, KPA - Training Director, Nose Work

Growing up with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits, there was no way Kathe Baxter could not love animals! She has pursued her love of animals as a trainer and pet caregiver, training in K9 Nose Work, basic and advanced classes as well as pet therapy preparation and visits. Completion of her Professional Dog Trainer Certification (CPDT-KA), Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), and Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) were all extremely rewarding.

In K9 Nose Work, Kathe's Norwegian Elkhound "Litttle Lady Karita" was the first Elkhound to earn all three levels of Nose Work competition (NW1, NW2, NW3) as well as one of 11 teams to earn the first Elite titles in the Northeast. They qualified and attended the NACSW National Invitational two years in a row (2014-2015) and are on their way to qualifying for the next National Invitational to be held in 2017. Kathe achieved a NW1 and NW2 title with her dog Gunner; however, he was unable to continue his Nose Work career due to his untimely passing.

Kathe's passion for instructing is based on the sheer delight of bringing true joy and happiness to a person and their canine companion. She considers it an honor to be part of developing self-confidence and a genuine trusting relationship.

Kathe is a staff member of NACSW, holding the position of National Trial Coordinator and Certifying Official for NACSW trials. She hosts many sanctioned trials and held several primary positions as volunteer coordinator, score room lead, ORT Coordinator and ORT Judge.

In addition to being an active competitor in Nose Work, Rally, and Agility, Kathe is a member of the Hudson Valley Tracking Club, pursuing tracking and a participating as a trial tracklayer. Most gratifying were weekly Therapy Dog visits and, time permitting, working at the local shelter to help other dogs get a second chance.

Kathe takes continuing education very seriously, attending seminars, workshops, trials, and observing K9 teams as they search: detecting search patterns, environmental factors and the subtle body language of communication. This is invaluable knowledge and skills she passes on to handlers and their dogs.

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George Berger, CNWI

George Berger has had a lifelong passion for and involvement with dogs through obedience, Nose Work, and therapy dog training. He is a member in good standing of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). At PCOTC, he is teaching Nose Work classes.

For several years, George has been doing canine-therapy work, first with his Labrador/Golden Retriever, Dixie. The pair made over 500 visits at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the pediatric units at Roosevelt and Bellevue Hospitals, and the Hallmark Assisted Living facility, all in the New York metropolitan area. Now, George's second dog, Paco, a Chihuahua mix, has become certified and has 200+ visits worth of experience.

Berger coordinates the therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, and is the trainer for that program. He and his dogs have been certified/registered by the Delta Society, the Good Dog Foundation, and Intermountain Therapy Animals.

Berger was Publisher of AKC (American Kennel Club) magazines, 1999-2006. He has served as President of the Irvington (NY) Public Library, The O'Hara Foundation, and the Otsego County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is currently on the advisory Board of National Education Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), was President and is now Second Vice President of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club.

Kathy Gregory, CNWI

Kathy was born into a family that had a long history breeding Boston Bull Terriers. Her first dog, Apache, a Puli, came to her when she was six years old, and Kathy promptly began to teach him obedience by watching it on TV. Kathy met her first Doberman while in college and has shared her life with Dobermans ever since.

Kathy's dogs have achieved many titles in conformation, obedience, agility, and nose work competitions. Her red boy, Dante, was the first of his breed to garner a NW3 title.

Cynthia Grohoski

Cynthia Grohoski is enrolled in NACSW™’s Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI™) training program and earned Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI™) status in 2015. She has completed hundreds of hours of additional education and training via participation, with two dogs, in three years of K9 Nose Work® classes at PCOTC, camp, workshops and seminars taught by K9 detection professionals on topics such as scent theory, K9 olfaction and dog handling methods. She has been a class assistant for PCOTC K9 Nose Work classes, and was previously lead instructor for CGC/TDI test prep classes as well as Intro to K9 Nose Work classes in Stamford.

During the past several years, Cynthia has held various Nose Work roles such as volunteer coordinator, judge’s steward, timer and videographer that support the NACSW-sanctioned K9 Nose Work Odor Recognition Tests held at PCOTC and NACSW trials hosted at various locations in the Northeast. 

Cynthia’s “Blossom” has completed NW1, NW2, NW3, and NW3 Elite titles. The team has also achieved all four NW3 Element titles, NW3-C, NW3-I, NW3-E, and NW3-V, as well as Element Specialty Titles L1-C, L1-I, and L1-E. Cynthia’s Emma has achieved NW1, NW2, and NW3 titles, as well as all four NW3 Element titles and the Element Specialty titles L1-C, L1-I, and L1-E. 

In other fields, Blossom and Emma have earned more than 30 titles in CPE agility trials and have earned Novice Trick Dog titles from the Do More With Your Dog organization. Emma has achieved her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification.

Jessica Schulte, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Jessica is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and encourages a compassionate, patient, and dog-friendly approach to training. It is important to Jessica that people—and dogs—feel understood and encouraged in training classes. In order to keep up on the latest innovations in dog training, Jessica reads everything she can get her hands on and attends seminars on dog training and behavior throughout the year.

Active competitors in dog sports, Jessica and her dog, Izzy, have championship titles in Rally and are working toward a CDX in Competition Obedience. They have also trained in agility. Jessica sees competition as a great venue for learning about teamwork, training—and grace.

Jessica became hooked on K9 Nose Work when she attended a workshop by two of the sport's founders. She has been to every trial on the East Coast as a competitor, trial secretary or a volunteer, and was among the first group of instructors to be certified on the East Coast. She is the National ORT Coordinator for the National Association of Canine Scent Work.

Jessica can be reached at